Anchoring the eastern end of the state-spanning Coast to Coast Trail, a bike trail system across Central Florida, the Brevard County Coast to Coast Trail connects Titusville to Mims and Scottsmoor to provide cyclists with the longest dedicated paved bike path in the county.
Eastern terminus: Parrish Park, Titusville
Western terminus: Volusia county line in Scottsmoor
Length: 16.4 miles linear
Land Manager: Brevard County Parks and Recreation
Ample parking is available at Parrish Park, which is located on the causeway on the opposite side of the Max Brewer Bridge from Titusville, as well as Sand Point Park on the city side of the bridge.
Established trailheads are at Draa Park in Titusville and Aurantia Road in Mims. It’s also possible to park at Chain of Lakes Park in North Titusville and ride across US 1 at a traffic light with a crosswalk to join the trail at Dairy Road.
While the ultimate goal of the state-spanning Coast to Coast Trail is to start (or end) with a splash at the Atlantic Ocean, working out the details of getting there is still underway.
A road ride is possible through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, but traffic to Playlinda Beach is pretty constant. For now, consider Parrish Park the eastern terminus of this section, although the paved path continues right past the park up to the boundary of the refuge.
The Max Brewer Bridge is a popular place for walkers and joggers since it offers both the steepest hill and the best view in Titusville, so you may need to walk your bike over the bridge on the south side walkway or ride with traffic on the bike lane.
If you use the bike lane, the trick is to get the bike path south on Indian River Ave into downtown. The south side walkway merges right into the bike path, which is painted green.
Follow posted bike route markers through downtown. They lead to Main Street, where a turnoff onto a paved bike path heads up and over the big bridge over Garden Street. On the downhill on the other side, be sure to stop at Draa Rd and proceed across it carefully. It is one of the busier traffic chokepoints along the bike path, with several roads merging. Motorists are looking out for each other, not cyclists. They frequently stop on the bike path.
Riders who don’t want to deal with traffic in downtown Titusville can start their journey from the parking area at Draa Park, which is north of the bike bridge over Garden Street and a half block west of the trail along Draa Rd. It is 2.6 miles into the ride. Public restrooms are at this park. Best of all, you’re on the correct side of Draa Rd to avoid that crossing.
North of Draa Road, the trail parallels US 1 up to Dairy Rd, crossing a few minor roads before it slips behind a small conveience store and past Brevard Lumber and comes to the traffic light. This is where Chain of Lakes Park is on the other side of US 1, 4.3 miles into the ride. It’s about a half mile east and has restrooms and water fountains.
The next stretch of the bike path also parallels US 1 closely, passing the old Nevins Groves packing house and Industrial Steel on the edge of Mims. This is where the trail diverges from US 1 to ride alongside Old Dixie Highway through residential Mims. An important civil rights historic site, Moore Memorial Park, is west of the trail via Parker St. The bike path crosses SR 46 just two blocks west of US 1 and a block west of one of our favorite meal stops at Family Meat Market.
Continuing through Mims at a diagonal that continues to take the trail farther and farther away from US 1, you leave the residential area and enter a long forested corridor up to Aurantia, with a minimal number of road crossings.
Watch for the sign and side trail to the White Sands Buddhist Center. It’s a peaceful place to take a break. Restrooms are located near their gift shop, where they have cold soda and bottled water.
Crossing Aurantia Rd at the Interstate 95 overpass, the trail reaches the Aurantia trailhead. There are no facilities, just parking for a dozen cars in a paved lot.
At 11.4 miles, this is the busiest access point for the trail for good reason. The next stretch of the Coast to Coast Trail is the finest in Brevard County and one of our favorite out-and-back rides in the region.
The trail enters Scottsmoor Flatwoods Preserve West, crossing two bridges where you may see alligators lounging along the banks of the creeks. Scrub forest and pine flatwoods stretch out in both directions, with occasional inholdings posted as private land. An equestrian trail parallels the paved bike path.
Mile markers help you keep track of where you are, although they go west to east, so it’s a countdown to the county line.
It’s 5 miles from Aurentia Rd up to the Volusia County line, completing the Brevard Coast to Coast Trail. Ironically, although you pass signs up to this point that warn that the trail ends ahead, it does not – and there is no sign marking either the county line or the change of trail manager.
It’s worth the extra mileage to keep going into Volusia County. A 7-mile ride north (trail west) from Aurentia Road gets you to the next trailhead on the Coast to Coast Trail, at Maytown Spur. It has a portable toilet and paved parking.
Even better, just before you reach the Maytown Spur trailhead, you’ll encounter Vergie’s Feed Station. Vergie Clark has a picnic shelter and honor box with cold drinks and snacks that makes for a great place to relax before making a visit to the toilet at the trailhead and the ride back.
A round-trip ride from Parrish Park to Maytown Spur and return is 36.8 miles.
It’s blueberry season in Florida! April is the month when it’s time to visit a commercial grower and start picking. We did just that at our local berry farm, Ever After Farms.
One of the newest sections of the Coast to Coast Trail (C2C), the 7.5-mile segment between new trailheads at Aurantia and Maytown is one of the most rural segments of paved bike path in the region, with no road crossings.
A serendipitous stop during a bike ride on the Coast to Coast Trail in Mims leads to a tasty lunch at the Family Meat Market, a local institution just a block from the trail.
After more than two years under construction, the newest portion of the Coast-to-Coast Trail opened without fanfare through North Titusville and Mims in September 2017. I rode it on Labor Day to check it out.
It’s taken six months to be able to get back on a bike, and I’m back to checking out progress on the C2C. Here’s what’s new through downtown Titusville for riders.
The paved ECRRT ends at Draa Rd in Titusville, but the plans for the Coast to Coast Connector take it right downtown. Here’s what we found along the route.